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1969 Ford Mustang Sportsroof Garage Find


For 1969, Ford decided the Mustang needed a more mature image so they completely redesigned it. It grew a few inches in size and came in a variety of new trim packages, they even changed the name of the Fastback to Sportsroof. This 1969 Mustang Sportsroof is an “M” code car and was discovered in this garage where it had been parked for 30 years. The seller has cleaned it up and gotten it running, but has decided to sell it. If you’re interested in taking on this project you can find it here on eBay.


When the seller found this Mustang it was covered in a thick layer of dirt and sand. They pulled it free from an Arizona garage and loaded it onto a trailer. After giving it a good cleaning, it became apparent that someone had attempted a restoration. Both rear fenders have had the original paint sanded off, leaving the sheet metal exposed. Thankfully, rust isn’t a major issue in the dry desert, but there still is surface rust to be dealt with.


The engine block is believed to be the original “M” code 351 V8, but has had some work done to it. The previous owner apparently installed the Cobra valve covers, Holley Carb, and “Black Jack” Hooker Headers. The 351 was rated at 290 hp, but with the added weight of the new design any additional power is welcome. The seller claims they were able to get it to start right up, but it will need a tune up and a new exhaust.


It’s too bad that someone thought it would be a good idea to start their own body work, as this one would probably still look great if they had left it alone. That being said, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get it back on the road. Personally, as long as the body and frame are solid, I wouldn’t mind tackling this project myself. How about you?


  1. Mark E

    Two words: Mach I clone!! (Hm, I guess that’s three words)

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  2. Robert J

    Boy is this one clean looking underneath.

    My best friend in high school had one of these. I drove a ’71 Mach 1 and we had miles of Texas back-country roads to test them out on. Good times!

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  3. Jim

    Ex-drag car from the 70’s

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  4. paul

    As a guy who lived his whole life on the east coast it’s hard to believe that these cars can go all this time without rust in all the usual places, yet here it is & this is why it’s better to find a car from that area & ship. This is a great find.

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  5. geomechs geomechs Member

    This a nice car. Too bad someone tried to do some body work on it. If it was mine back then I would’ve merely cleaned, polished and drove it, road/parking lot badges and all. Finds like this one are few and far between.

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  6. scot

    ~ very complete and worthy of quality restoration. McQueen +2 years!

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  7. jake

    i’d trade my (restored/modified) 67 for it in a heartbeat.

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  8. David

    It still boggles my mind why someone would neglect a great car like this one. Granted, he had the presence of mind to stash it away and fire it up every month or so, but why? It took 30 years to realize that he just were never going to get around to working on it? He rebuilt the engine and put on some headers, but forgot the rest of the exhaust system? That must have rocked that little shed every time he fired it up for sure!
    That said, the undercarriage looks great! Its well preserved and looks like very little is needed to make it roadworthy. I wish I could afford to buy this, but I’ll have to be content to pay off medical bills instead.
    To the new owner: make sure ALL the black widows have been killed!

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  9. Dolphin Member

    Most of the look of a Mach 1 for much less $$, but for me the body would need the dings, scrapes and holes worked on, the panels lined up properly, and new paint for it to be really enjoyed. The good news is that it’s in Tucson, and it’s hard to think of a dryer location for a car to sit.

    The only other things I would be concerned about are the traction bars and the Hurst. Those might make me worry that those 140,000 miles were maybe hard ones, and that the drivetrain could be dodgy. And the way the door tag is attached with Phillips head screws doesn’t look good. But it’s not as if you’re trying to validate one of about 800 1969 Boss 427s. The fact that the car looks real solid is the main thing.

    Congrats to the seller for providing one of the most complete sets of photos I have seen on eBay lately.

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  10. Wiley Robinson

    I never realized you could type your eBay on an antique manual typewriter in all caps and scan it in. Thanks for the tip on how to be weird posting stuff for sale on eBay.

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  11. Rick

    I’ve lived here in Tucson since 1991. It was my last duty station in the Air Force. I’m always amazed at the rust that forms on things here. It’s more of a protective coating than real rust. I’ve seen cars from the 30s and 40s with that rusty patina, but a quick thunk lets you know that piece is still solid.

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  12. Dave W

    I’d paint the roof, trunk, and rear quarters and leave the rest alone.

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  13. Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

    The seller had to relist this Mustang once, but it eventually sold for $15,505.

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  14. DMY

    Does Anyone know where this car is now?

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